How To Read Music: A Beginners Guide

How to read music is one of the most important skills that a musician will learn as they begin to learn an instrument. Many people have watched musicians perform but have never noticed that these musicians are actually reading music. Those musicians who are not reading have memorized the music before the performance. Regardless of the situation the musician has had to read music.  If you have decided to pick up an instrument but have never learned to read music then the posts featured at the bottom of this page is for you.

Music Notes

Reading music is not something that you will learn over night. It takes plenty of time and practice. However as you continue to learn new skills on your instrument, you will also improve your ability to read music.

Many people, including myself, believe that traditional music notation is a language all of its own and should be treated that way. If you are able to break the process down into bite size pieces the process will become less complicated and easier to understand.

All genres of music are written using the same musical notation. It doesn’t matter what music you choose to play. Knowing how to read music will enhance your musical experience and improve your skills as a musicians.

From this page you will find a number of links that will take you to posts that introduce different aspects of reading music. Each post will discuss each aspect, providing opportunities for extra practice if necessary. These aspects include:

  • The musical staff
  • Reading Music notes
  • Rhythm and Beat
  • Time Signatures
  • Key Signatures
  • Accidentals
  • Dynamics
  • Articulations
  • Improvisation
  • etc.

Links to in depth explanations of the different components of music notation.